Visitors Pour in to Local Tourist Attractions After Government Reopens

Visitors Pour in to Local Tourist Attractions After Government Reopens

"We're very happy to be back here and doing what we all love to do best which is greet our visitors, tell them about this wonderful place, and the significant events that occurred here," said Susan Trail of the Antietam National Battlefield.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Since the government reopened, visitors have been pouring in to tourist attractions like the Antietam National Battlefield. 

Representative Bill Shuster says the legislation passed Wednesday evening isn't ideal but it's a step forward toward a better economy.

"It wasn't perfect but it did reopen the government and it gave 113 days to negotiate with the President a long term solution to our deficit that we have in our country," said Shuster.

As soon as the visitor center reopened officials with the park said there's been a steady flow of visitors happy to see the park open again.

"One of the best things about coming to work was to be able to see the smiles on our visitors faces as they realized the park is open. Now they can visit and see all the things they weren't able to do the last couple of weeks," said Susan Trail of the Antietam National Battlefield.

Trail is one of many government workers who says they're very pleased to be back at work.

"We're very happy to be back here and doing what we all love to do best which is greet our visitors, tell them about this wonderful place, and the significant events that occurred here," said Trail. 

As October is considered one of the busiest times for parks with the fall foliage, Trail says it has been especially tough for them.

"Because we are used to seeing a lot of people at the park, so it has been hard on them and hard on us and hard on the surrounding community as well," said Trail.

Visitors agree, but say they're glad to be welcomed in.

"And we're really happy to see the national park and that everything is back open," said Paul McGuire, a visitor.

 

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